And here is my favorite bit about Cappadocia.

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Hot-air ballooning is a very popular tourist activity in the Goreme province of Cappadocia. It is a tad expensive but I think it is an experience totally worth the price and the trouble of waking up really early (you need to get there before sunrise).

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What an awesome sight! Sunrise!!

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Again, if you can afford it, you must do it.  But if you are on a budget and can’t afford it, at least get out there at sunrise and enjoy the view of a 100 colourful balloons floating above you in the beautiful sky. You won’t regret it!

Pictures by me and my husband @RonitRoy

Cappadocia is a historical region in from the Nevşehir Province in Turkey. It is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features.

In my recent trip to Cappadocia, I had an opportunity to visit a few of the many magnificent cave houses, ancient churches, underground cities and monasteries in Cappadocia. And believe me; I have never seen anything like this in my life! Unique, beautiful and surreal – this city has left a very strong impression on my mind and I recommend it to everyone who plans to visit Turkey.

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A little bit about these mysterious structures that you see in the photos:

What you see are sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams that erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago. These structures underlie the entire Cappadocia region.
The rocks near Göreme (one of the regions in Cappadocia) eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the villages at the heart of Cappadocia carved out houses, churches and monasteries from these soft rocks of volcanic deposits.

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Pictures by me and my husband @Ronitroy

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Last month I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to travel to Pondicherry with my mother!

We took a flight from Mumbai to Chennai and hired a car at Chennai airport to drop us to Pondy.  On our way we visited Mahabalipuram as well.

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town made up of mostly rock-cut monuments clearly spelling Buddhist elements in their design.  Mahabalipuram is very close to the sea and has beautiful cave temples, chariots and sculpted rock-cut walls.

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The following 4 days in Pondicherry were filled with amazing French, Franco-Tamil and Chettinad cuisine.

Pondicherry has a lot to offer actually… from clean beaches to French colonial architecture, from pretty lanes, to backwaters, from forts to churches and from great shopping markets to Auroville… there’s really a lot to see and do.

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I really hope you like the photos  - the view of Pondy from my little iPhone. Totally recommend a visit!

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Cherry collage

Have I introduced you to Cherry before? I don’t think so.

Meet Cherry! The newest member of our family. She is a 10 months old Beagle.

Cherry likes cartons, bottles, clothes and shoes. Basically all chew-able things.

She is still very young and we have made several attempts to train her… but lets just say it is difficult to train a dog as curious and spirited as Cherry.

Well, I’m only introducing her in this little collage. Will keep you posted on her growth in the coming posts.

Happy New year everyone!

Have a blast!

Image  —  Posted: December 30, 2013 in Dogs, Family, Pets
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Welcome to Lisbon!

Welcome to Lisbon!

This is my second visit to Lisbon in the last 5 years. I don’t know what it is about Portugal that takes me back to the country.

Is it the food? the wine? the people? or the weather?

Is it because of my sweet memories in Rossio or the Vasco Da Gama bridge or the color of the sea?

I can’t explain… so I’ll let the pictures talk.

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Belem

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Beautiful street view from Belem

Beautiful street view from Belem

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Belem Tower

Belem Tower

The famous tram!

The famous tram!

On the way to the castle

On the way to the castle

Hello Madam!

Hello Madam!

What a unique way to know who stayed where!

What a unique way to know who stayed where!

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A glimpse of the bridge from the city

A glimpse of the bridge from the city

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Top view of the square

Top view of the square

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Postcard!

Beautiful rooftops

Beautiful rooftops

Inside the castle

Inside the castle

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Vasco Da Gama!

Vasco Da Gama!

Tile and cork

Tile and cork

Now in the royal palace of Cintra

Now in the royal palace of Cintra

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In the Royal gardens

In the Royal gardens

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In Portugal, every time you click you camera button, you think you have taken a postcard pic. The place is simply beautiful.

Image  —  Posted: June 27, 2013 in Europe, Photography, Travel
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So this year, my husband and I decided to take a summer trip to Spain. Just a few days after our decision, another couple from our friends decided to join us on this trip. The planning went on for months and finally, we started our journey to Spain on 25th May. We started with Madrid, then went to Seville, then Malaga and then Barcelona. Unfortunately, the other couple had limited holidays, so they had to return to Mumbai from Barcelona; my husband and I continued our trip to Lisbon and then London.

Although I visited so many cities in this trip and as you would imagine, clicked thousands of photos, I am using this post only to show you a glimpse of Seville – our most favourite city in Spain!

Sevilla (Seville) is the capital of Andalucia region in southern Spain. The city is situated on the banks of the beautiful and serene Guadalquivir River. Buzzing festivals, bright colours, bullfights and Flamenco happen to be some of the most popular features of Seville.

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The Seville Cathedral

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Giradla Tower

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The white villages of Andalucia

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Plaza de Espana

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The Tobacco Factory

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Free art..

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Apparantly, the most expensive hotel in Seville

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The Kissing Square

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Street View from our hotel – Pension Gala

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Riverside

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The Bandares Neighbourhood

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R with his bike

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Seville is developing itself more and more as a cycling city. The large and omnipresent cycle lanes give you an opportunity to discover this city in a fun, safe and quick way. Cycling is also an easy way to discover the lesser known suburbs of Seville. So we chose to hire bikes and ride!

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Chilling in the park.. break time

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Torre del Orro

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The Bullfight Ring

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I don’t think my pics can to justice to this beautiful toy city. Our experience in Seville was so rejuvenating that even now when I close my eyes and remember this city, I feel kind of mesmerized.

To cut it short… here is my final line. Do not miss Seville when you visit Spain.

Friendship…

Friends

Friendship is not saying the right thing at the right time

Friendship is covering for your friend because he would do the same for you

Friendship is to forgive mistakes because loyalty and relationship is what matters more

Friendship is not having to say “you are a bitch” but knowing it and living with it

Friendship is not about picking sides.. it’s about being there for your friend whenever he needs you

Friendship is about fighting and getting back.. not about holding grudges.

Friendship is not about right and wrong.. it’s about seeing from your friend’s perspective

Friendship is fights, confrontation and being true.. even if that seems intimidating

Friendship was when I told you that I care .. and when I told you you are being stupid.. and when I asked you to be careful.. and when you did the same for me

Friendship was when we cried together and we laughed together.. when I did silly things and you asked me if I was out of my mind

Friendship was when we loved unconditionally and we sacrificed generously.. when pretence was not a part of our life

Friendship was beautiful while it lasted. Unfortunately, it did not last forever.

Last weekend for me was supremely relaxing! We spent 2 days at the vineyards in Nashik. It feels so great to unwind with brilliant wines after a tiring week at work! Here is my little picture story from the last weekend… hope you enjoy reading it and make a plan to visit Sula or York or both soon!

Our drive to Nashik was very comfortable. It took about 3 hours from Mumbai. We were not particularly driving fast (husband was driving ;). There was unbelievably less traffic on the road and the scene was beautiful!

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Our travel plan was not really made well in advance. So in spite of wanting to stay at Sula, we could not get a room there and we chose to stay at Express inn – which is one of the hotels recommended by Sula on their website (due to proximity to Sula I guess) and is right on the highway connecting Mumbai and Nasik (so there is no need to enter the city).

We reached Sula Vineyards in the afternoon and the view was spectacular. Everything was so much better than I had imagined! There was a beautiful Vineyard, a wine tasting room and a deck with a great view of the vineyard, 2 restaurants, the wine making tour and a so many more things!

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After a satisfying wine tasting and some shopping (Shiraz – Dindori Reserve) we headed back to our hotel right after the sunset. This is the view from the elevator of our hotel. I’m glad we chose Express inn!!!

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The next morning we chose to visit another Vineyard called York. York is also located on the same road that Sula is. It is about 3 km ahead on the same road. We had not heard much about this place except from a friend’s little sister, so were quite excited to check it out. Again, we were pleasantly surprised by York. The place has an extraordinary view (I may say even better than that of Sula). We were going to drive back post lunch so we didn’t indulge in the wine tasting at York.. but bought a few bottles of their late Harvest Chenin Blanc and had It later after reaching Mumbai. Delicious! Apparently, the wine is available ay Nature’s Basket.

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The drive back was also very comfortable.  This was yet another successful road trip. And now I can’t wait to visit once again!

If you are not visiting my blog for the first time today, you probably know that I love travelling and taking photos on my trips.

For a change, this post is not about some place I have already visited.

This one is about those thousands of places out there that I am yet to explore!

For a while now, I have been collecting pictures on Pinterest. Pictures of places I’d like to visit..

This post is about my gorgeous aspirations.

Cantabria, Spain

Cantabria, Spain

Dordogne River Valley, France

Dordogne River Valley, France

Lake Louise, Canada

Lake Louise, Canada

Ocean View, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Ocean View, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Riomaggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore, Italy

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona - need to revisit!

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona – need to revisit!

Somewhere in Italy

Somewhere in Italy

St. Emilion France

St. Emilion France

St. Emilion France

St. Emilion France

The Forgotten Temple of Lysistrata, Portugal

The Forgotten Temple of Lysistrata, Portugal

The village of Loutro on the Greek island of Crete

The village of Loutro on the Greek island of Crete

Tunnel of Lights, Japan

Tunnel of Lights, Japan

Tuscany

Tuscany

Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe Side

Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe Side

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

By the way, I keep adding pics to my little ‘board’ on Pinterest. You could follow my board to see more impressive pictures by clicking here.

You could also follow my other boards on Pinterest by clicking here.

Image  —  Posted: February 9, 2013 in Europe, Lifestyle, Nature, Photography, Travel
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